Sounds of Sexology
Five groups of young people aged 16+ from Manchester, Brighton, Havant, Glasgow and London have been looking at how sex and sexuality is represented in music and lyrics before undertaking their own research, some of which was inspired by the third National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles (Natsal-3).
The project has seen the groups work with researchers and songwriters to craft creative responses to topics including sexual health, body image, stereotypes, sex and everyday life, sex and relationships education, LGBTQ youth, mental health, love and lust, and consent. Each group held a celebratory local event before coming together at London’s Roundhouse to share their music in a live performance hosted by TV and YouTube science presenter Greg Foot and live streamed online as part of Roundhouse Rising, a festival of emerging music talent.
Projects have been led by:
- The Roundhouse, in collaboration with Wellcome Collection’s Youth Programme, Natsal researchers and the Sex Education Forum (London)
- Contact theatre and the University of Manchester (Manchester)
- Rhythmix, in collaboration with the University of Sussex, Safety Net, Brighton Dome and Brighton Youth Centre (Brighton)
- Music Fusion, in collaboration with the Spring Arts and Heritage Centre and the Centre for Sexual Health Research at the University of Southampton (Havant)
- Tramway/Glasgow Life, in collaboration with New Rhythms for Glasgow, Glasgow Caledonian University, LGBT Youth Scotland and the University of Glasgow (Glasgow).